LOLA-Travel Bargain of the Week aka Dear Humidifier- I love you. xo

I am a shopper, meaning I like to buy stuff…fun stuff, practical stuff, ordinary stuff, and some pretty neat stuff, however today’s stuff is much needed during these wintry months. Today I found a small, QUIET cool mist humidifier that actually DOES everything it claims to do Check it out here:

This can be found here. However be leary of the bad reviews as I can say I haven’t had these issues, and I believe some may be due to operator error. And don’t forget to use your 20%off coupon. You can find them anywhere but just in case, click here.

This little baby is perfect for stuffy hotel rooms and runs on plain ol 20oz water bottles for up to 8 hours. How awesome is that!

Time to Get Real: My Experience Being a Black American Abroad and At Home

For the last few years I have been able to travel the world with basically NO issues whatsoever...what makes me sad is times are a changing. I only hope I am ready for the mental energy that seems to be zapped from me on a daily basis.

I now live in world where hate is not only tolerated but embraced as "Trump America Now" where Muslims are being profiled, women are losing their rights over their productive system with no real discourse for the MEN, who more often than not leave the women. They don't have the shame or stigma of an abortion. I guess only the female part is needed to conceive?  I'm perceived a "bad" person due to the color of my skin, so whenever I left the states I always had a wave of relief come over me because in most countries the president of the United States (Barack Obama at the time) was a highly revered man. People who couldn't speak English knew the words "Obama" or "Barack Obama" and would just give me a smile as to say "hello and welcome".

Under the Trump regime which has been less than 2 weeks. I get the usual questions "Why do you stay" "Is he really that bad" or my favorite "we didn't think the US would be as stupid as the Brexit" (no offense just citing what I've actually had said to me) Now with a Muslim ban it makes America come across as racist and elitist. Therefore, no one has blamed me abroad as they see by the color of my skin I am one of the persecuted people. However then someone usually asked me the dreaded "what are you question" and I reply "American"..then it's the "I know but what are your roots? Where did you come from?" THIS question breaks my heart EVERY SINGLE TIME...as I am a black/negro/colored/nigger American...a descendant of slaves on one side and a freedman on the other but since most (and my people) were brought over as slaves the slaveowners (the white men) destroyed ANY AND ALL paper trails of my people. So much so we will NEVER find out exactly where we are from. Granted with AncestryDNA and AncestryandMe123 I have a general guide of what more than likely is my home area....but the region I'm given is so extreme that is will cost me literally thousands of dollars as well as numerous hours. Where most people can just go ask their grandparents. Is it fair? Is it right? Is it just? NOPE...it just is.

There is so much more to say, and even more to write but I just can't because the overwhelming weight of it all. The daily fear of death or retribution for speaking my mind, for daring to want equality, to have the audacity to ask for the same amount of pay as my white co-workers. I literally found out that another female in my department at one of my jobs (who is no longer at the company) had less experience than me but was making $10 more an hour so 80-100$ more per day. That made me angry and sad..because I have to be happy with what I'm given or I just might not get that. This is my reality.

At least in Europe (especially the UK, Barcelona, Amsterdam) as well in the bigger cities I was treated with respect. Something that was so foreign to me that at first I didn't even know what to call it , except I knew folks were nicer to me there than in my own country.

I really didn't want to ever bring politics to LOLA but in these days and times it is a part of my life, A HUGE part as is LOLA. So in the end ...It just will be this way, because this is my "normal"

Everybody's Working for the Weekend..

This post will cover mainly Friday and Saturday as I've gotten crazy busy with this site, life, and working on the next edition of my one-person comedy/cabaret show :This Kitty Has Claws Goes International.

Friday, was a crazy day here at Movara. Morning started with a race. Folks had a choice between the 5K and 10K. I signed up for the 10 as I've run 5K's before and decided it was time to push it up to the next level. Honestly, I was surprised with how slow my time has become since I stopped running over the last few months. I mean I was always slow but at least could maintain a 15 min mile,  yet now my time is almost 20 min which is ridiculous. We do a ton of hiking here but not much running so it makes sense. Once I return to NYC I'm going to start running again a few times per week. I accomplished the 10K and it was full of hills, inclines and the like but done:

Running just me and my tunes...

Running just me and my tunes...

Breakfast was delicious was great all week, lunches were either good or ok, and dinner started to lose some of it's luster compared to the beginning of the week. I ended up passing on many of the desserts as they had a creamy/pudding like texture. I have a thing with texture so I wasn't a fan, although I did try and snap pics so you could see the meals:

Fridays here are a bit bitter sweet as some of the new friends you've made are preparing to leave...so the day is filled with lectures of menu planning, Q&A's etc but for those with a few days left we have Hip Hop, Cardio, Swimming, Tabata, Zumba, and the dreaded (by everyone except me) Barre class. I like the end of the week dance classes.

Saturday- you can pick your poison of the morning of pavement hikes: west canyon, Stop Sign, the extended Camelback hike, or a trip to Zion National Park) I chose the dreaded "Stop Sign" which is only 4.3 miles and a van is at the top and will bring you back down unless you want to try and make it back to the bottom, which I have yet to do. But I was the only one who went the furthest. I posted about it on my personal Instagram page. (see HERE) It was a learning experience as only two of us showed up. Now I try NOT to be competitive here, because honestly I don't think it serves me any purpose, especially when people have come here to improve their overall health, BUT there is always someone who wants to test me. And this was a 50+ year old man who was in decent shape for his age and height (6 ft 5) and I am a chubby 5 ft 3 woman...so he tells me at the beginning that "he was going to take it easy on me today". Now I wanted to say "I've passed you on EVERY 5K you've done and I was doing a 10K...so GTFOH" nonetheless I sucked it up and said "I think I'll be OK" and I was...I not only made it up the biggest hill, as the last mile is 1000ft hill all the way up...I was there before he arrived by about 9 or 10 min. So I stopped and did a photo shoot and then started back down the hill. I ran further for a total of 7.17 miles to his 4.3 miles. And you bet your sweet booties I made a comment when the van arrived and picked me up last. I "thanked him for taking it easy on me" and made sure he understood that I knew what he was actually saying, that it was NOT appreciated, and reminded him that I've beat him before and would do it again and again. I may be a bigger woman but I'm fit and I will win. We are all in this together, but if you want to test me and be a d-bag about it, you better be able to bring it.

After the morning run we had quite a long break (about two hours). Many people leave on Saturday and the latter half and Sunday are rest days and personal time for the guests. However before that could happen we had "Cliff's Last Blast Workout"...and what a workout it is...longer than the rest of the week, and the trainer Cliff goes HAM!!!! He worked muscles I didn't even know I had. My body is still screaming after the massage I had, but it was so worth it.

Sunday...which is today...I was not feeling my best self so I've spent most of the day in bed, catching up with phone calls and Facetime, as well as some netflix..and a little working on my show and some new choreography.

So yeah that was my weekend at Movara...looking forward to the next week and finding out how much weight I've lost as well as see my after pictures. To be honest I am not certain if I've lost a lot of weight but I can definitely see definition so I know inches off are in my future.

Until next time

xoxo

K

Well Heck...I think I'm falling in love with...HIKING

If you tell anyone I said it, I'd deny, deny, DENY but truth be told I am starting to like my morning exercise ritual of hiking through Snow Canyon Park in Utah. I get up around 530, hit the trails by 630. I go with a great group of folks and it's fun. Yeah...I just said that...EXERCISE is fun. And it clears my head for the day. I mean look at all this nature:

Utah is breathtaking...

LOST IN THE WILDERNESS

Hey friends...I've been away for a few days. I'm currently in Utah shooting a film, as well as checking out a few places for hopefully LOLA getaways in the future...and guess who is going domestic? That's right ...yours truly. I still will be focusing on Amsterdam, however I want to expand to various US cities in unusual places like Utah, Seattle, Portland, Chicago and somewhere on the east coast. Still in the air about that location.

Today was my late day on the set. I'm in lovely Ivins, UT and the scenery is absolutely stunning.

Snow Canyon State Park- Ivins, UT

Snow Canyon State Park- Ivins, UT

Isn't it breathtaking? So breathtaking that I got lost and was scared for my life. I think the movie 127 Hours played over in my head at least a million times.  I walked around FOREVER, then it started to rain so I took cover in a rock enclosure. 127 HOURS had become my life, and all I could think is "Please God let me keep my limbs" . Reception was spotty at best but I was soon able to get a call into park officials and send them pics of the things were around me.

They found me within20 minutes maybe less..definitely faster than Domino's delivery. Once I had been saved...well I needed a pic of course.

Wilderness Woman

Wilderness Woman

At first I swore I would never attempt hiking again, then after thinking about it a few hours I've decided to fight this fear. I'm going ALL IN, and signing up for a hiking retreat. Why? because if something scares you then you have to face it head on.

THAT'S how a LOLA woman does it! Wish me luck.

xo

Kit

Fear...of water, flying and more, however JUST KEEP SWIMMING!

Fear...I am afraid of anything, everything and NOTHING; all at the same time. Moments creep up on me and I wonder: am I doing the right thing? , How am I going to afford this? Am I crazy for thinking a travel adventure company for women could work? And so on and so forth.

But then I remind myself to do NOTHING, just breathe. Get through the moment. It feels as if some moments are a lifetime, but they too pass.

Personally, I detest long flights, water vexes me, have no use for repressive heat OR so I believed until I chose Asia for my destination de jour. After catching a great break on Qatar Airlines I was off for almost three months to see the undiscovered...I traveled all over parts of SE Asia and Australia.

First and foremost, I do NOT like to fly. Mainly because I feel it is a waste of time. I mean I'm just in the air. I can't control anything on a plane. I can't even backseat drive and tell the pilot to "watch out" I feel powerless.  However, Qatar made me forget all about that:

Second, I was terrified of water; now thanks to a lovely Aussie I am over that fear. I made a new friend in Thailand who was a behavioral specialist as well as former lifeguard. In the beginning, I didn't want to even get in the water, by the end I could doggie paddle.

 

Last but not least, I HATE the heat. I don't like being hot and I believe that air conditioning is the best invention EVER. PERIOD. THE END. So to exist in 100 degree heat and even (GASP) exercise.

 

One night in Thailand I was feeling VERY alone and homesick. And I thought of the movie Finding Nemo. Especially the part where Dory told Marlin that when you don't know what to do you "just keep swimming, just keep swimming, just keep swimming. swimming. swimming" and that's what I do.

I know how I want the game to end, I just don't know the path yet. And that's Ok.

NLDR- The #Shade and #Struggle is REAL- 7 day play by play

In effort to NOT bore you with a daily post of my time at the detox, I write down my daily thoughts, experiences, issues etc. and post as one big blog at the end of the 7 day stretch. You're welcome.

I am keeping it 100 with you the entire time. Some stuff you will laugh, some you may think "this chick is crazy" and the rest will more than likely be "OH HELL NAW" but this is my experience during my first two weeks, and let me tell you...

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Medical Tourism...How did I get here?!?

There are various kinds of tourism in the world from me who focuses on gender specific, to help trips (ie building houses in 3 rd world countries, missionary work etc), to adventure, luxury and the one I am focusing on: MEDICAL.

Medical tourism has boomed over the last few years. Once believed only for the rich and famous now anyone can go to Africa for a safari and tummy tuck, with a little skin lift on top. Thailand isn't called the "land of smiles" for nothing. On ever corner, much like a Starbucks in America there is a "Happy Dental" or "Dental Smiles" where you can get everything and anything from cleanings to fillings to implants and more.

I've been researching detox clinics for various reasons: 1. to save my life. My father died of three types of cancer at 62years old. He never drank or smoked. One reasons the doctors said it wasn't caught in time was because of his size. Over the last year I have had my own run ins with the disease and I'm now attempting to do everything in my power to stop it before it stops me. Which lead me to look for clinics in the states that focused on health and the Gershon therapy. (if you don't know it...look it up). I wanted a clinic that utilizes both. And I found one..that was almost 20G for a month. THAT IS NUTS.

Then I had to consult good old trusty google and starting looking for places around the world. And that's how I found New Leaf Detox Resort. It's a 3 star no frills health and detox resort. There is no one bringing me juices and coddling me. It's a hands on but do it yourself type of place. Or at least that is what I got from talking to the owner (Aire) and customer service reps. And it was a QUARTER of the cost.

So, I signed up. I will post weekly video updates starting in the next day or so. I've sighed up for a 28 day Transformation package...we will see.

Wish me luck

K